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Can you pronunce January?: A comparative study of Swedish students learning English in an at-home environment and a study-abroad environment
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Kan du uttala January? : En jämförande studie mellan svenska studenter som lär sig engelska i klassrummet och under ett utbytesår (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to investigate whether there is a difference between Swedish learners of English in an at-home environment compared to Swedish learners of English who studied English abroad for a year, in their ability to distinguish between certain English phoneme. The method used to investigate was through a questionnaire where the informants had to identify words containing the sounds /z/, /θ/, /ð/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/, /tʃ/, /dʒ/ and /w/. The results showed that the informants who had been abroad were more familiar with the sounds than the informants who had studied in a Swedish senior high school over the same period of time. It was found that the sound /z/ was the hardest sound to identify, followed by /ʒ/, for both groups of informants. 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att undersöka om det är någon skillnad mellan svenska elever som lär sig engelska under ett år i klassrummet eller under ett år genom utbytesstudier, när det gäller deras förmåga att skilja mellan vissa engelska fonem. Metoden som användes var genom en enkät där informanterna fick identifiera ord som innehöll ljuden /z/, /θ/, /d/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/, /tʃ/, /dʒ/ och /v/. Resultaten visade att informanterna som hade varit utomlands var mer bekanta med ljuden än informanterna som hade studerat vid ett svenskt gymnasium under samma tid. Det visade sig att ljudet /z/ var den svåraste ljudet att identifiera, följt av /ʒ/ för båda informantgrupperna.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
study abroad programs, phonology, second language learning, contrastive analysis hypothesis
Keyword [sv]
utbytesstudier, fonologi, andraspråksinlärning, contrastive analysis hypothesis (kontastiv-analys-hypotes)
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-56593OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-56593DiVA: diva2:1117493
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English
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2017-08-03 Created: 2017-06-29 Last updated: 2017-08-03Bibliographically approved

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